In protest against the detention of leaders post abrogation of Article 370, Congress party on Wednesday announced that they are boycotting the upcoming Block Development Council (BDC) elections which will be held in Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing a press conference, Jammu and Kashmir Congress Chief GA Mir said the Election Commission of India should have consulted with political parties with several state leaders still under detention.
“We won’t participate in the BDC election. How can political parties take part when leaders are under detention? The EC should have consulted political parties before announcing block development council election,” GA Mir said on Wednesday.
BDC polls will be held in Jammu and Kashmir on October 24. These will be the first elections to be held in the state since its special status was revoked under Article 370 on August 5.
Mainstream political leaders in the valley, including former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, have been either detained or placed under house arrest since the government announced dilution of provisions of Article 370 over two months ago.